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Envision Loudoun’s Biggest Task Is Ahead

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Envision Loudoun’s series of public Listening & Learning workshops – part of the County’s 18-month process to rewrite the Comprehensive Plan – wrapped up Jan. 11. The interactive website is now also officially finished with this initial learning phase. According to the Envision Loudoun website, citizen participation in the effort has been very good; “generating over 4,500 unique ideas and opportunities.”

So, now what? … Continue Reading

Loudoun Animal Services Says Adoptions Up, Euthanasia Rate Down

January 18, 2017 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun Animal Services Says Adoptions Up, Euthanasia Rate Down
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Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) is celebrating a successful 2016 having saved more than 2,100 animals – more than in any other year in the agency’s history. Department of Animal Services Director Nina Stively credits policy and programmatic changes that helped increase adoptions and improved the health and welfare of shelter pets. … Continue Reading

County Releases Interactive Development Map

January 4, 2017 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Releases Interactive Development Map
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The Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning has released an interactive countywide mapping system that will be of use to real estate developers and others. The initial phase of the map concentrates on residential development. Dubbed the Existing and Potential Development tool, it provides information on the existing use of structures and parcels, the location and number of housing units within residential projects that are approved but not completed, as well as ones that are completed, and the remaining residential potential of vacant parcels, as well as parcels not developed to their full potential, and approved projects that have not been completed. … Continue Reading

Neighbors Calling on AT&T To Be a Better Neighbor

January 4, 2017 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Neighbors Calling on AT&T To Be a Better Neighbor
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The residents that call the Short Hill Mountain area their home continue to monitor AT&T’s activities on the mountain’s ridge, following the tech giant’s abrupt withdrawal of permit applications to build a new “substation transmission” there. … Continue Reading

How Will Envision Loudoun See the West?

January 4, 2017 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on How Will Envision Loudoun See the West?
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Said western Loudoun resident Peggy McElligott, who participated in Envision Loudoun’s online exercises: “ … any plan should maintain the rural character of Western Loudoun and not interfere with rural tourism, which fails when the character of the neighborhood is no longer rural.” … Continue Reading

History’s Enduring & Mysterious Places

January 4, 2017 Loudoun County Comments Off on History’s Enduring & Mysterious Places
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“Above the alter is a trompe-l’oeil painting attributed to Lucien Whiting Powell, a local artist, around 1880. The painting is done in three-dimensional designs and creates the illusion of an apse. The artwork consists of two fluted pilasters topped by composite capitals supporting a modified Gothic arch containing a white dove with an olive branch sailing among puffy clouds in a blue sky.” ?(Detail from Wikipedia’s romantic description of a painting inside Ketoctin Church.) … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Woman Charged with More than 100 Counts of Animal Cruelty and Neglect

December 23, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Woman Charged with More than 100 Counts of Animal Cruelty and Neglect
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A Loudoun County woman is facing more than 100 charges of animal cruelty and neglect after Animal Control Officers found inadequate living conditions at a property south of Leesburg.

On Wednesday, December 14, Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) received custody of 96 chickens, two dogs, three rabbits, two geese, five ducks and four pot belly pigs from the property after the owner, Kaitlin L. Leger, 29, of Leesburg, agreed to transfer legal ownership of the animals. … Continue Reading

Affordable Dwelling Units for Sale in Active Community for Ages 50 and Up

December 20, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Affordable Dwelling Units for Sale in Active Community for Ages 50 and Up
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The Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Program (ADU) has available units in an active adult community in the Ashburn area that serves people ages 50 and older. In addition to income and credit requirements, applicants to purchase these properties must be age 50 or older, have no children under 18 in their household, and must not own a home at the time of ADU settlement. … Continue Reading

Toys For Tots Campaign Accepting Donations

November 30, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Toys For Tots Campaign Accepting Donations
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The Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association announced their participation in the 69th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United Stated Marine Corps Reserve. “The department is proud to once again participate in this wonderful program,” states Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. “Your generosity will help put smiles on the faces of many children this holiday season.” … Continue Reading

Public Participation Needed in New Comprehensive Plan

November 2, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Public Participation Needed in New Comprehensive Plan
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Loudoun County is kicking off an 18-month initiative called Envision Loudoun, which will result in a new Comprehensive Plan. The plan will serve as the county government’s guiding document for land use and development in the foreseeable future.

Members of the public are invited to attend one of four Listening and Learning workshops in November. Each meeting will follow the same format where participants are provided with an opportunity to discuss Loudoun County’s future and to share ideas through interactive activities in casual, small-group settings. All workshops are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. … Continue Reading

Remembering Su Webb – Dedicated Preservationist

November 2, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Remembering Su Webb – Dedicated Preservationist
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One of Loudoun’s strongest conservation and parks advocates, Su Webb, has died. Webb was found dead in her home on October 18, by Loudoun County deputies sent to check on her after being alerted by family and friends that she had missed several regular meetings.

Webb was one of Loudoun County’s most well-known preservationists and activists, working with organizations such as the Northern Virginia Parks Association – which she also headed for a time, the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Aldie Heritage Association and the Lovettsville Park Advisory Board. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Children’s Toys, Office Furniture, PCs, Laptops, and More

October 11, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Online Auction Features Children’s Toys, Office Furniture, PCs, Laptops, and More
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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a variety of children’s toys, as well as pool-related items, office furniture, PCs, laptops, and more. The auction will close at 12 noon, Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Strategic Retreat Notes and Highlights

October 6, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Strategic Retreat Notes and Highlights
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By Valerie Cury

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors held a strategic planning retreat in September, discussing a wide variety of issues including the upcoming review of Loudoun’s Comprehensive Plan. Discussion highlights included. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

2016 in the Books

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017) “The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the …

A Rainy Romance

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” – a simple phrase uttered in an acclaimed musical that helped birth a star. The movie’s Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) catches his attention so completely that Don Lockwood (Gene …

Concerned Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our 15-year-old son is out of control and we don’t know what to do anymore. He smokes pot and drinks, disobeys us left and right, is truant from school often, comes home whenever he …

It’s Time To Review Your Estate Planning Basics

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Beginners and billionaires alike should refresh their knowledge of these basic estate planning terms and concepts. The word “estate” tends to conjure up images of billionaires and aristocrats, but estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It’s widely believed …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: George Marshall Center

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I used to wonder why – after an assignment to visit the interior of this place, I’d return feeling exhausted – both mentally and physically worn out – as if I’d been carrying an extra couple hundred pounds or so …

Meeting the “Other America”

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By Nicholas Reid Ever since the presidential election last November, there has been a lot of talk about the “two Americas”: coastal and continental America. The many differences between these two sections of the United States are numerous and oftentimes …

The Trump Effect

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“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Calendar

February 2017
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January 30, 2017 January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017 February 2, 2017

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

Yoga for Men
February 3, 2017 February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
February 5, 2017
February 6, 2017 February 7, 2017 February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Yoga for Men

Yoga for Men
February 10, 2017 February 11, 2017

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Valentine's Pizza & Champagne

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing

Sweetheart’s Soirée- A Night of Dinner & Dancing
February 12, 2017

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

Candlelight Concert Fundraiser

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Writers’ Night Out
February 13, 2017 February 14, 2017 February 15, 2017

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers

Bob Brown Puppets: Dragon Feathers
February 16, 2017 February 17, 2017

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH

ARTSPOWER: RAINBOW FISH
February 18, 2017

Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

BALLET THEATRE OF ASHBURN AND EDGE PERFORMANCE COMPANY: MALONE BENEFIT CONCERT

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis

Comedy Night feat. Tyrone Davis
February 19, 2017
February 20, 2017 February 21, 2017 February 22, 2017 February 23, 2017 February 24, 2017

February Fourth Friday

February Fourth Friday
February 25, 2017

Samedi Gras Celebration

Samedi Gras Celebration
February 26, 2017
February 27, 2017 February 28, 2017 March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017 March 3, 2017

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
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LCSO Announces Project Emergency Response

22 Feb 2017

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, has developed a pilot program to assist emergency responders and individuals with Autism and their families to successfully manage emergency situations. The program, called Project Emergency Response, will allow family members and other caregivers to provide crucial information about their loved ones to first responders. The information will …

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Hillsboro Plans Mardi Gras Celebration on February 25

20 Feb 2017

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Mardi Gras celebration will be held in Hillsboro on Saturday, February 25 as a benefit for the Old Stone Schoolhouse. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hurricanes and New Orleans drinks, as well as Old 690 beer and local wines will be served in the Garden District Bar. The Cajun Cafe will feature New Orleans cuisine, including King Cakes. …

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Four Young Historians Discuss Civil War Turning Points

2 Feb 2017

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold a talk featuring a panel of four young historians who will discuss turning points in the Civil War. The talk will be held at Unison Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. Tickets will be sold at the door or online at www.mosbyheritagearea.org/events for $15 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Rep. Comstock’s Key Top Priority Legislation Initiatives

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Signed into Law in Her First Term Rep. Barbara Comstock, who serves the 10th congressional district in Virginia, recently reviewed the achievements of her first term in office, identifying 17 legislative initiatives that she supported that were adopted. She said: “My staff and I have met with stakeholders, local elected …

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Sports

WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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Woodgrove Gymnasts Advance To States

15 Feb 2017

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Two Woodgrove High School gymnasts have qualified to advance to the Virginia State Championships Saturday, February 18, at Patriot High School in Nokesville. Sophomore River Stone placed fourth in the all-around competition at the 1A-5A North Regional Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School on Wednesday, February 8, which earns …

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